First of all, thank you all so much for all your comments and praise on my Charcoal pinup dress! I knew I really liked it, but it’s nice when so many others agree.
One thing that I hadn’t realised in the magazine discussion, nor sewing, nor wearing it out, however, is that this dress pattern is a very close knockoff of the Roland Mouret Macha dress, which was shown in his Spring 11 RTW show!
Really, the bodice seaming is all identical, but there are a few differences:
- Burda’s pattern is for wovens, RM’s dress is a stretch woven
- Burda’s has long sleeves, RM’s is sleeveless
- Burda’s has a back V neckline, RM’s has a square back neckline
- Burda’s is princess-seamed in the skirt, RM’s appears to be one panel in the skirt
- Burda’s has a centre back invisible zipper, RM’s has a centre back exposed zipper
The original dress looks to be available in black, tan, and fuschia pink – the latter most recently worn by Heidi Klum on Project Runway this summer (not that I’d know – we don’t get the episodes in the UK until years later!). But frankly, this is all close enough for me, considering mine cost me about £3, and the cheapest I could find his, deeply reduced and “past season”, was £500+!
I do think it’s funny that I’ve inadvertently made a Roland Mouret dress almost exactly 5 years after I made another Roland Mouret dress (that time using Vogue 8280 to knockoff his Galaxy dress!):
I still wear that dress fairly regularly, too!
I don’t normally add photos after the main photoshoot, but the details weren’t very crisp in the earlier photos so we’ve gone back and taken a few more so you can clearly see the seamlines and more of the lining.
Has anyone else got this in their sewing queue now? And does it make a difference to you if it’s based on a designer pattern, or do you generally like a pattern on its own merit?